Parish teams compete in Louisiana Classic wrestling tournament

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com

The epicenter of high school wrestling was in Baton Rouge over the weekend for the Louisiana Classic, and East Ascension, Dutchtown and St. Amant were all there to compete.

By the time it was all over, Jesuit and Holy Cross finished first and second, respectively. The Spartans had the best run out of the three parish teams as they earned a seventh-place finish. Dutchtown ended the action in the No. 13 spot, and St. Amant finished at No. 20.

The best individual performance came from East Ascension's Alex Betteridge. Betteridge became only the second Spartan wrestler to ever make it to the Louisiana Classic Finals, and he became the first wrestler in school history to win the event.

Throughout the tournament, he outscored his opponents by a grand total of 43-8 as he soared to the title in the 108-pound division. In the finals, he beat Holy Cross' Chris Zea by a 9-6 decision.

St. Amant's Joshua Averett finished fourth in the 140-pound division. He lost to Live Oak's Seth Bosarge in a 6-5 decision in the consolation match.

Dutchtown's Brandon Cowell also finished fourth. He was defeated by Catholic's James Claitor by a 7-6 decision in the 147-pound consolation match.

One of the biggest surprises of the tournament came in the 287-pound division. East Ascension's Connor Karwath came in undefeated and bolstering the event's top seed.

However, Fontainebleau's Christian Ponson ending up taking the top prize, and Karwath had to settle for fourth-place. He lost a 10-9 decision to Belle Chasse's Robert Kennedy in the consolation match.